Alysha Bodman (Y12)
On Friday the 13th November, I joined almost 300 elected Members of Youth Parliament at a national, televised debate in the House of Commons to decide the UK Youth Parliament’s priority campaigns for 2016.
I was selected to represent the South West to deliver a speech about the relevance of the Magna Carta at the despatch box. A topic I am extremely passionate about is Feminism and Gender Equality and therefore I focused on this in my speech. I highlighted how far we have come as a society in terms of gender equality since 1215 but how far we still have to go. In addition, I questioned how we can feel represented in our parliament when only 29% of all MPs are female and this received applause, showing that this resounded with the chamber and they also hoped for a more diverse Parliament in the future. Moreover, I received a standing ovation at the end!
Although I was apprehensive to be speaking in such a prestigious place, I managed to use these nerves to my advantage and deliver a passionate and emotive speech. It is a topic that I believe is very relevant so I am very glad that I was able to highlight the unrepresentative Parliament we have in terms of gender. Hopefully, we can work towards a 50:50 parliament in the future!
In the main debates; working together to combat racism and religious discrimination, particularly against people who are Muslim and Jewish was chosen as the issue for the national campaign for 2015 and mental health was chosen as the UK Youth Parliament’s priority campaign for England. It is interesting to note that within Pates, when I held the Youth Parliament’s ‘Make Your Mark’ consultation, Mental Health received roughly 12.8% of the total vote and the Racism and Religious Discrimination motion received 8.4%.
These motions were two of five debated by the UK Youth Parliament in the House of Commons chamber, during a session chaired by Speaker of the House of Commons the Rt Hon John Bercow MP.
Personally, I am extremely happy about the new chosen campaign topics. It’s important that we can continue to work on removing the stigma of mental health and start working towards making our society more accepting as these are important for young people all over the UK. I believe that this sitting marked the importance of youth voice all over the country, and proves that young people are enthusiastic about achieving social change. We are not an apathetic generation.
Congratulations to Ellie Westaway (Y11) who won 2 gold medals for the 520Kg and 560Kg Ladies team events and a 4th place in the 4x4 event at the recent Army Indoor Tug of War Championships.
On Tuesday the Y9 boys retained the U14 District Basketball Championship for Pate's. The 15 man squad were slow to start the opening match as they found their feet in their first ever basketball match. They quickly discovered the patience and control it would take to win and showed some quality finishing to win the first match with a 20-0 win v Chosen Hill School. The second match was a much closer affair as new players also took some time to settle into the game. With some nice late scores, Pate's were eventually 6-2 victors v Bournside. By the second half of the final game, Pate's really showed the fluid and skilful play we knew we were capable of, winning 18-6 against Balcarras. Throughout the tournament Pate's showed signs of some real class as well as very impressive strength in depth. Pate's now go on to the county tournament as Cheltenham representatives. Good luck to them in this as well as the league campaign.
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On Friday 13th November numerous Pate's athletes battled through the rain (and considerable mud) at the annual Cheltenham District Cross Country Championships at St. Edward's School.
They represented themselves and the school brilliantly, with many now selected to represent Cheltenham at the County Championships.
Highlights included the Junior girls team (Y8&9) and the Senior boys team (Y12&13) both winning their respective competitions.
In addition to the team competitions, Molly Powlesland, Joe Speak and Alex Chantler-Mayne all won their races!
Well done to all involved and best of luck for those competing in the next round.
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The Year 7 A and B teams played in the Cheltenham District 10s tournament hosted by Balcarras this week. The Bs did exceptionally well against other schools A teams and enjoyed the experience and challenge. The A team progressed into the final against Bournside, when a close contest was won with a blindside try in the final minute of the game to secure a tournament victory. The future of Pate's rugby looks bright!
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Congratulations to Mac Dale (captain), Henry Davies, Sam Fraser and Charlie Newhall from the school 1st XV who have successfully represented Gloucestershire U18s over half term. They have beaten Cornwall and Oxfordshire and are now waiting to hear whether they have been selected for the South West of England squad.
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Many congratulations to our 1st VII netball squad who made the final of the U19 County Tournament.
The squad started well and won all their group games comfortably, only conceding 4 goals. After winning their quarter final 15-1 they met an experienced and talented Chosen Hill team in the semi final and came back from 2-4 at half time to win 7-6. This set up a tough challenge in the final when they worked really hard but lost to an U19 Hartpury College team.
This means that Pate's, along with Hartpury will represent Gloucestershire in the Regional Round in Cornwall in January. Many congratulations and good luck!
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